YU, Wiesenthal, ADL heads have top salaries for American Jewish leaders

Click photo to download. Caption: Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Rabbi Marvin Hier. Credit: Maxine Dovere.(JNS.org) Yeshiva University President Richard Joel earned the top salary among American Jewish executives in 2011 at $879,821, followed by Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Rabbi Marvin Hier at $702,857 and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman at $688,280, according to an analysis of 74 Jewish nonprofits conducted by the Forward newspaper.

While Joel’s salary increased by 3.73 percent from 2010 to 2011 and Hier’s dropped 2.61 percent, Foxman’s jumped by 10.75 percent.

Rounding out 10 highest-paid executives were Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland CEO Stephen Hoffman ($644,518), Jewish Federations of North America President and CEO Jerry Silverman ($612,990), American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee CEO Steve Schwager ($550,994 before he left that position), Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks ($525,596), American Israel Public Affairs Committee Executive Director Howard Kohr ($506,232), American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris ($500,916), and Touro College President and CEO Alan Kadish ($496,019).

AJC’s Harris, with a bump of 13.73 percent, was the only executive within the top 10 to see a larger raise than Foxman, and Kadish had the top 10’s largest salary decrease at 9.41 percent.

The Forward’s full analysis, published Dec. 10, can be found online at www.forward.com/articles/167238/salaries-of-american-jewish-leaders

Posted on December 12, 2012 .